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Star Scoop: Gaga’s New Monster, The New Girl at HBO, T. Swift (Still) on Top

By  February 05, 2015

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He’s already teamed with Roc Nation royals Kanye West and Rihanna. Now, Paul McCartney’s resurgence on the music scene includes work with Mother Monster. Lady Gaga posted a photo in the studio with McCartney earlier this week, captioning it “Always a good time with my buddy. I’ll never forget when he called me last year to work and I hung up the phone cuz I thought it was a prank!” We wonder what the two have in store. [Instagram]

Lena Dunham won’t be the only girl leading HBO to glory. Issa Rae, who gained popularity thanks to the hilarious web series Awkward Black Girl, is bringing a new comedy to the premium cabler with the help of Larry Wilmore. Insecure, like its dotcom predecessor, will chronicle “the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American.” [Variety]

… And that makes another week for Taylor Swift on top. 1989 just hit its 10th, nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200. If it keeps this up, the multi-platinum disc will surpass her previous triumph, when Fearless won 11 weeks in the “penthouse.” [Billboard]

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has something special in store for the Grammy family. Mary J. Blige revealed yesterday that she’ll be joining nominee Sam Smith on stage for a special duet. [Twitter]

February 15 will mark the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Yes, fortieth. Its creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, is to thank. Weeks ahead of the milestone, Michaels stepped out from behind the camera and let The Hollywood Reporter pick his brain on SNL’s anniversary spectacular, his succession plan, and the show’s biggest risk. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

Star Scoop: RihYeezy on Tour, Enter Katy Perry’s Shark Tank, Magic Mike XXL is a Tease

By  February 04, 2015

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Could that Rihanna reign and Yeezy season go hand-in-hand? If this Instagram snapshot is any indication, the Roc Nation cohorts are gearing up for a joint tour, hot off the release of their “FourFiveSeconds” video. That could mean a stadium status spectacular… and plenty of Kim Kardashian selfies captioned #tourlife. [Complex]

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to swag surf, à la Left Shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl spectacular. Men’s clothing company Bonobos has started an online campaign, promising that if it gets enough interest in the “Shark Suit,” it will set up a Kickstarter to fund and design the costume. Surely, this would be a hit during spring break. [Pret-A-Reporter]

Speaking of Perry, she’s performing at the Grammys. But of course. [Huffington Post]

The Magic Mike XXL trailer is here, and boy, is it a tease. Bring out the ice cubes girls, because it is hot. In. HERE! [YouTube]

Selma isn’t the only thing Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey have in store. The pair are teaming up again, this time for a scripted drama series that DuVernay will helm for Winfrey’s namesake network, OWN. [Vulture]

Don’t get your hopes up about seeing David Gandy on the silver screen. The chiseled model revealed why he turned down Fifty Shades of Grey, leveling that he doesn’t have any cinematic interests in mind. “I was offered Fifty Shades of Grey300: Rise of an Empire,  Hercules, which a lot of people probably would have taken as actors but I’m in the fortunate position where I like what I’m doing,” he told British Vogue. “I don’t feel the need to act.” As long as he keeps skimming down to his skivvies, we’re good.  [Vogue UK]

 

Star Scoop: What to Expect from Katy Perry at the Super Bowl, Jay Z Takes on Spotify, TGIT is Back!

By  January 30, 2015

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Unless you’ve stepped off your “Dark Horse,” you know that Katy Perry will be performing during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. While we can’t quite confirm the extent of any firework spectacular, we do know that her 12-minute set will include cameos from Lenny Kravitz and Missy ElliottWork it[Vulture]

He’s not a businessman, he’s a business… manJay Z pulled another power move this week, and bought Aspiro for $56 million cash. Why is this a big deal, you ask? Well, because the Swedish tech company owns two streaming services, Tidal and WiMP. We wonder what the big wigs at Spotify have to say. [The Verge]

So how did the return of Shondaland’s TGIT fare? Pretty. Darn. Good. Nielsen confirms that ABC not only won key demos during the three-hour block, but also shows that more than 738,000 tweets were sent out during Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. As for our wigs… consider them snatched. [Variety]

Here’s an early Valentine’s Day gift for the Beatles and/or Rolling Stones fan in your life. On Monday, February 2, eBay will open up an archive full of lost photos from both epic bands. The marketplace will sell the estate-stamped images now, through 2017… plenty of time to grab a piece of history! [eBay]

Blake Lively lent her big name to an even bigger cause. The Chime for Change supporter teamed with journalist Nicholas Kristof to visit My Life My Choice, an organization that aims to “prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents” in the U.S. You’ll be able to see her visit there in a three-part PBS series, A Path Appears. [InStyle]

Sorry to break you hearts, ladies, but Johnny Depp may be ready to say “I Do.” Rumor has it that he’ll marry his Rum Diaries co-star Amber Heard in an intimate, Bahamian ceremony as soon as next week. That’ll surely take the heat off of Mortdecai the flop. [Vogue UK]

Speaking of couples, the ones who play together, stay together. Angelina Jolie and hubby Brad Pitt are reportedly teaming up again, this time for Jolie’s next directorial feat, Africa. Pitt is in talks to star as Richard Leakey, “a staunch defender of elephants against poachers in Kenya in the late ’80s.” [The Wrap]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo isn’t done kicking ass and taking names. Author David Lagercrantz stepped in to complete That Which Does Not Kill (following original scribe Stieg Larsson’s death), a sequel to the best-selling Millennium trilogy. It will be released in 35 countries in August. Which, inevitably would lead to Rooney Mara reprising the role… right? [The Guardian]

Love and Television: The Reality Dating Show Lowdown

By  January 28, 2015

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Dating shows, whether they’re based on roses, rings, or religion, have one thing in common: They all show that sometimes we need a little extra help when it comes to the love department.

Back in the day, there was The Dating Game and then Love Connection. The ’90s brought us Singled Out and Blind Date, the series that sent love seekers on a romantic rendezvous that put their compatibility immediately to the test. The new millennium dawned with a string of themed dating shows, including Parental Control, Room Raiders, and Date My Mom. The Bachelor and its spinoff, The Bachelorette, both sought (and still do) to pair the main contestant with one of his or her selected suitors to vie for the final prize—marriage. Millionaire Matchmaker has long-term commitment on the agenda too, playing intermediary for wealthy singles looking for love.

The latest TV dating display to watch, though, is doing things a little differently. This time, random strangers, professional matchmakers, well-meaning parents, and potential mates’ bedrooms are being left out of the mix. The little extra help in WEtv’s Match Made in Heaven comes instead from the man upstairs—or at least someone with an extra-close connection. Pastor Ken Johnson debuts as the spiritual dating advisor to bachelor Shawn Bullard, an African-American real-estate magnate and former college athlete who’s in search of his soul mate. With the help of Pastor Johnson and his outspoken mama, Maggie, Bullard will scrutinize the 24 ladies who are looking to make him their beau. Morality, good will, and respect all come into play as temptation faces contestants at every turn. Tune in February 4, 2015, at 8/7c for all the drama.

Winner’s Circle: Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis Crowned Queens of TV at 2015 SAG Awards

By  January 26, 2015

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If you need any more help filling out your 2015 Academy Awards ballot, look no further than Sunday night’s SAG AwardsEddie RedmayneJulianne MooreJ.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette all took home top acting honors in their respective categories; coincidentally, the same quartet was victorious earlier this month at the Golden Globes (in addition to Michael Keaton, who won in the best comedic actor category). There was, admittedly, little surprise for the SAG’s film kudos, but plenty to applaud on the television side.

Both Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis took home their first television SAG Awards for leading roles in Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder, respectively (Davis won two for film with The Help in 2011). Davis unofficially won best speech of the night, too.

“I’d like to thank Paul LeeShonda RhimesBetsy Beers, Bill D’Elia, and Peter Nowalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman, could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me,” she said to thunderous applause. How ya like that, gray lady that shall remain nameless?

And the actor goes to

FILM

Best CastBirdman

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion PictureUnbroken, Universal Pictures

TELEVISION

Best Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey, PBS

Best Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black, Netflix

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Best Actor, Movie or Mini-Series: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Best Actress, Movie or Mini-Series: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama SeriesGame of Thrones, HBO

51st ANNUAL LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Debbie Reynolds

Star Scoop: Bradley Cooper Lands in London, Kanye’s RIH-Union, Beyonce Mean Mugs Etsy

By  January 23, 2015

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Bradley Cooper is taking his act across the pond. The American Sniper Oscar nominee will take Broadway hit Elephant Man to London this summer, where it will run at the Royal Haymarket from May 19 to August 8. [Variety]

Kan-Riri?! Kanye West and Rihanna are rumored to have a new collaboration, featuring vocals from Paul McCartney and west coast rapper Ty Dolla $ign. West played the song as a grand finale to his 45-minute rant speech at the iHeartMedia Music Summit in Burbank, California this week. Ty promises that the song, and an accompanying video, will drop “soon.” [Billboard]

Dear Etsy, Beyoncé isn’t here for your shenanigans…or your SKUs. The Queen has issued a warning to sellers on the Brooklyn-based, peer-to-peer site, who pun her name for the sake of a sell. According to TMZ, her lawyers sent Etsy a cease-and-desist letter, demanding that “Feyoncé” mugs no longer be sold there. Thank goodness we grabbed this first. [Glam]

Now, back to Mr. West (and his ego). The fashion world may be resistant to accepting his design skill, but the NBA seems to be all for it. West may design new uniforms for the Washington Wizards, thanks to his friend and team ambassador Wale. [Vanity Fair]

If one NYC-based drama about a bad guy gone big business isn’t enough (hey, Empire!), then 50 Cent has something in store for you. Season two of his Starz hit, Power, is coming back this summer, with more sex, more drama, and more scandal. Here’s your first look, with bae-to-be Omari Hardwick. [YouTube]

These are the breaks: When hip-hop was born, it revolutionized both music, and style. The latter is subject matter for Fresh Dressed, a new Sundance documentary from  Sacha Jenkins that “chronicles the evolution of ‘fresh’ style and rappers’ transition from Armani suits to b-boy chic onstage.” [Pret-a-Reporter]

It’s Fri-YAY! So why not indulge in nudes from your favorite celebs? No, we’re not talking Internet leaks…we’re talking magazine covers, starring RihannaMiley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey in the buff. Somehow, Brett Michaels (and his wig), managed to make the cut. [Billboard]

Looks like Michael Bloomberg is eyeing a certain gray lady. The former New York City mayor is reportedly increasing efforts to acquire The New York Times, a buy he attempted back in 2013. [The Daily Beast]

Star Scoop: Meghan Trainor on Top, Jason Derulo Can Dance, Tina Fey is Still Funny (Watch This!)

By  January 22, 2015

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There are few people who can beat Taylor SwiftMeghan Trainor is one of them. The “All About That Bass” belter took Swift’s number-one spot on the Billboard Artist 100 today, a weekly rank that measures an artist’s rank across several charts. It’s Trainor’s second time besting the bass, er, list. [Billboard]

Think you can dance? Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo do. The pair are joining the judges panel on season 12 of Fox’s dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance? Their addition comes after long-time judge Mary Murphy hopped off the hot tamale train. [Variety]

Gone are the days of 30 Rock, but Tina Fey isn’t done with her small screen stint. Here’s the trailer for her new Netflix sitcom, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Will you be (binge) watching? [ELLE]

Beverly Hills: that’s where Vanity Fair wants to be. The glossy is moving its annual Oscars party from Sunset Plaza to 90210, specifically, “a custom-designed space that connects the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and City Hall.” Fancy! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Wonder what all the fuss over Golden Globes winner Transparent is about? Find out on Saturday when Amazon streams the entire series for 24 hours, for free. [Vulture]

Fox’s new Empire continues to grow. The Terrence HowardTaraji P. Henson drama has increased its viewership, for three consecutive weeks, since its January 7 debut. Wednesday night’s episode drew in 10.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched show of the night. [Vulture]

Star Scoop: Kim K. is Selfish, In Bed with Jamie Dornan, The Black Messiah Heads to Harlem

By  January 21, 2015

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The cover for Kim Kardashian’s “intimate” Selfish tome is none other than a selfie. She made the big reveal on Twitter, where she thanked hubby Kanye West and his DONDA design team for conceiving the idea. But, of course. [New York Magazine]

Sorry to disappoint, but Jamie Dornan won’t channel a fully nude Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey. While he admits to making audiences “privy to everything” in the film, his “manhood” is off limits. Hey—we’ll take what we can get! [Variety]

The Black Messiah is bringing his vanguard to Harlem. D’Angelo is returning to the Apollo Theater on February 7 for one night, following the release of his long-awaited 2014 LP. It was his first album in 14 years, and his upcoming Apollo date marks his only U.S. engagement since its release. Tickets are on sale now and cost $56—$226. [Glam Inbox]

LL Cool J has become a Recording Academy favorite. He’ll return to host the 2015 Grammy Awards on February 8, his fourth consecutive time doing so. Performers for the 57th kudos include Sam SmithPharrellJohn LegendCommonAriana Grande, and Madonna. [Deadline]

Justin Bieber: the joke’s on you. Pop music’s resident bad boy is getting his own Comedy Central roast. According to network exec Kent Alterman, “Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened.” As for the Biebs, he’s all giggles… and surely anticipating a few Calvin Klein digs. [Billboard]

Notable Nominations: Grand Budapest and Birdman will Battle it Out at the Oscars

By  January 15, 2015

The list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards has been announced, and with it, the expected snubs, surprises, and cinematic heavyweights battling it out for the top prize.

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Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman are the evening’s most-nominated films, scoring nine noms apiece, including Best Picture. It’ll be especially exciting to see which triumphs, considering how each fared at the Golden Globes; while Budapest took home the best musical or comedy award, Birdman was beat out by Boyhood in the drama category. Now, all three will contend against SelmaAmerican SniperThe Theory of Everything, and more.

Tune in to the 2015 Oscars (and our live tweets) when it airs live from Hollywood on February 22.

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper, by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, by Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, by Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman, by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood, by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, by Dan Gilroy

Best Cinematography
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman
Ida, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Documentary Feature
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Best Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Film Editing
American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
Whiplash, Tom Cross

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie by Shawn Patterson
“Glory,” from Selma, by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights, by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars,” from Begin Again, by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game, Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar, Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis
Into the Woods, Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner, Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts

Best Live Action Short Film
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

Best Animated Short Film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and my Moulton
A Single Life

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman, Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar, Richard King
Unbroken, Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
Interstellar, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges
Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood
Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Foxcatcher, Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Guardians of the Galaxy, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner, Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson

Bey-by Watch: Is Beyoncé Pregnant With a Baby Boy?

By  January 14, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 4.13.26 PMBey-by watch is officially on full-blast. After the Internet went nutso over a certain photo that Queen Bey posted to her Instagram last week (reminder: it featured lopsided boobs and a very obvious baby bump), pregnancy rumors haven’t seemed to die down. In fact, they’ve only picked up steam. While we’re not usually keen on buying into tabloid-fueled rumors, we’re just acknowledging that it’s out there, and Bey-by No. 2 might be happening.

What else is out there, you might ask? An anonymous source told Life & Style that Beyoncé and Jay Z might be giving Blue Ivy a baby brother. “They are both elated,” the source said. “There’s no question that he adores Blue, but he’s felt an emptiness not having a little boy. When they found out the good news, it was like new life was injected into their marriage—Jay is 150 perfect invested now.”  That’s all for now, but there will be more.